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Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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How to Reduce Violence in America

Hardly a day goes by without someone calling for gun control as the way to reduce violence in America. But the gun control advocates have it all wrong. That’s because they are attacking the symptom of the problem rather than the cause of the problem. That’s not going to do any good and, in fact, might well make the situation ...

U.S. Bombs and Anti-American Terrorism

When the next terrorist attack against Americans takes place, you can be certain that there will still be at least a few Americans, including within the Pentagon and the CIA, who will come out with their standard line about how the terrorists are motivated by their hatred for America’s freedom and values. A few others will claim that the ...

Will the CIA Retaliate Against Trump?

In a truly remarkable bit of honesty and candor regarding the U.S. national-security establishment, new Senate minority leader Charles Schumer has accused President-elect Trump of “being really dumb.” Was Schumer referring to Trump’s ideology, philosophy, or knowledge about economics or foreign policy? None of the above. According to an article in The Hill, he told Rachel Maddow on her show that ...

Donald Trump Versus the CIA

It’s going to be very interesting to see how the fight between President-elect Trump and the CIA comes out. Trump obviously believes that he’s going to be in charge of the federal government when he takes office. He is in for rude awakening. What all too many Americans simply do not want to confront is the fact when the national-security ...

Ditch the CIA, the Pentagon, and the NSA

The fight between Donald Trump and the CIA over the supposed Russian hacking scandal has at least two positive benefits: One, it helps to remind us what the conversion of the federal government to a national-security state has done to us here at home. Two, it enables us to ask an important fundamental question: Given that the ...

There Is Only One Healthcare Solution

Ever since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, conservatives have had a field day complaining about Obamacare and promising to repeal it whenever they got the chance to do so. That chance has now arrived, with Republicans now controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency. Now they don’t know what to do. Many people have become dependent ...

Charity versus the Welfare State

Christmastime helps to remind us of how the welfare-state way of life contradicts the principles of a free society. At Christmas, people give gifts to each other. Many people also use this period as an opportunity to do special acts of kindness toward others. People make donations to churches and other charitable or educational organizations. What characterizes all this activity is ...

Foreign Policy Blowback in Germany

Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one of the things that has fascinated me most is the response of the mainstream media. Supporting the retaliatory invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, ever-increasing budgets for the national-security establishment, and constantly expanding infringements on civil liberties and privacy, mainstream reporters, commentators, and pundits have steadfastly resisted focusing on the root ...

Cold War II and the National Security State

The CIA and its mainstream media acolytes continue to blame Democratic Party Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss on the Russians and, specifically, on supposed hacking by Russia of computers belonging to Clinton and Democratic Party officials. But even if the CIA allegations were true, what all these people are missing is that the election result would ...

The Collectivist Mindset in an Age of Empire

An article in the New York Times criticizing Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. secretary of state, sums up perfectly the collectivist mindset in our time, in the era of empire. Tillerson is the chief executive of Exxon Mobil and, therefore, doesn’t fit the mold of the standard political or bureaucratic hack ...

Russia: The Old-New Official Enemy

It is impossible to overstate the stakes involved in the latest controversy over Russia. They involve trillions of dollars in warfare largess to the tens of thousands of bureaucratic warfare-state parasites who are sucking the lifeblood out of the American people. Ever since the advent of the U.S. national-security state after World War II, America has needed official enemies, especially ...

In October 2017, Will the CIA Regret Its Fight with Trump?

The fight between President-Elect Trump and the CIA over Russia’s alleged interference with the U.S. presidential election could have a major impact on what is set to happen in October 2017. That is the month when thousands of the CIA’s super-secret records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy are set to be finally released to the public, after ...
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